Liquid Watercolor Backgrounds + GIVEAWAY

Hello! Today I went super overboard creating cards with liquid watercolor backgrounds. It was such fun! Along with the techniques and examples, I have fun giveaways.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Multiple stores are also linked in the parentheses following the product name. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.]

One of my favorite ways to craft is to sit down with a stack of paper and create a bunch of backgrounds. This is a great way to explore techniques… try new things… have fun… and get more comfortable with the products you have. In this video I share many ways I used the new Hero Arts Liquid Watercolor (HA | SSS). Keep in mind – I am not a watercolor expert! I just had fun playing and thought you might, too. And I have LOTS of examples!

Again, all of my cards feature backgrounds created with the new Hero Arts Liquid Watercolor (HA | SSS) and Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper. They come in 8 colors and are bright, pigment-based, transparent liquid watercolor. They are easy to blend and mix and you can dilute them to any desired color intensity with water. SUCH fun to play with!

My first several examples show backgrounds I created by quickly applying Hero Arts Liquid Watercolor (HA | SSS) onto Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper along with a good amount of water. I like to use my heat gun to form puddles and lines in the color as it dries. I love the look! (Watch the video to better understand.)

Since this background has so much bold color as is, I kept the rest of the card simple. I created a frame with the Hero Arts Floral Border with Frame Die (HA | SSS) and added a Hero Arts Hello Stamp & Die (HA | SSS) sentiment to the center. Quick and easy!

Even though there are only 8 of the Hero Arts Liquid Watercolor (HA | SSS), you can very easily mix them to create any colors you want. And by using more or less water, you can change how intense the results are.

I *really* like moving the watercolor around with my heat gun as it dries. So cool…

The next two cards show how you can get different looks just by changing the process a bit. For both, I put down a good amount of water and added drops of Hero Arts Liquid Watercolor (HA | SSS). The card on the left shows the results after I moved the colors around a bit with my brush for a smooth look. The card on the right shows the results if you just leave it to dry after adding the watercolor drops. Really like the variety!

This next card shows a blue and purple watercolor background and features the Hero Arts Birds and Branches Frame (HA | SSS) and Bird and Banner Dies (HA | SSS), along with a sentiment from the Hero Arts Layered Topiary Stamp Set (HA | SSS).

Another die that works great for this style of card is the Hero Arts Reef Border & Frame Die (HA | SSS). I used it along with the Hero Arts Mermaid Kisses Stamp Set (HA | SSS).

For many of these next cards, I created windows using the new Hero Arts Nesting Rounded Rectangle Die Set (HA | SSS). This set has quickly earned a permanent spot on my desk. 🙂

This example also features the cutie Hero Arts Swan and Cattails Stamp Set (HA | SSS). What cuties! The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Support Prayers Love Stamp Set (HA | SSS). This set is special because 100% of the net profits go to the Kind Campaign!

I also used a slightly bigger Hero Arts Nesting Rounded Rectangle Die Set (HA | SSS) and Spellbinders Embossing Mat to emboss/impress around the window.

Another new stamp set that is really amazing is the Hero Arts Elephant Stamp Set (HA | SSS). SO realistic! I used my elephant along with a sentiment from the Hero Arts Huge Thanks Stamp Set (HA | SSS) and a window showing a watercolor piece.

The next few cards showcase a “drip and spritz” technique. I simply put small drops of Hero Arts Liquid Watercolor (HA | SSS) onto my watercolor paper and spritzed them with water. The watercolor moves and creates fun results!

This card also features the Hero Arts Elephant Stamp Set (HA | SSS)…

Isn’t this next background fun?! I used a Hero Arts Nesting Rounded Rectangle Die Set (HA | SSS) to create an off-the-edge window and added a butterfly and sentiment from the new Hero Arts Swallowtail Stamp Set (HA | SSS).

I can’t get enough of this background technique! SOOoooo easy to do, too. Here, I added a Hero Arts Swan Die. Simple white die cuts can look amazing against busy backgrounds.

I wanted to keep the focus of this next card on the crazy-cool background, so I just added a simple Hero Arts Feather Die (HA | SSS) and simple sentiment.

My next card has two different watercolor pieces together to create a scene of sky and water. The water was created using the “drip and spritz” technique. The sky? That was a simple wash of color created my mixing a drop of Hero Arts Liquid Watercolor (HA | SSS) with water. I also added a Hero Arts Swan Stamp Set (HA | SSS) swan and a sentiment from the Hero Arts Support Prayers Love Stamp Set (HA | SSS).

I like that the Hero Arts Swan Stamp Set (HA | SSS) includes the swan’s reflection that you can stamp on the water!

The Hero Arts Liquid Watercolor (HA | SSS) are also excellent for adding color to stamped images. The color moves so well with the water that it takes little effort to get great results. Here, I used the gorgeous Hero Arts Magnolia Stamp (HA | SSS).

Since Hero Arts Liquid Watercolor (HA | SSS) are so easy to mix, you can easily add Perfect Pearls to create shimmer watercolor. It is hard to see the shimmer in the photo, but it is gorgeous in real life.

And finally, I created used my “shimmer watercolor” for this background. And I added a topiary created with the new Hero Arts Layered Topiary Stamp Set (HA | SSS).

Whew! That’s a lot of cards. However, Lila and I had SUCH fun making them!


Today I am excited to be a part of the Hero Arts 2018 Catalog Blog Hop. As you likely already know, Hero Arts is my favorite stamp company. I worked with them for many years in the past and still love them tremendously. Their new catalog is fun and unique!

You can find all the new products HERE.

The next stop on the hop is the blog of my wonderful friend Kristina Werner. You can always start at the beginning of the hop at the Hero Arts Blog.


Interested in a $50 shopping spree to Hero Arts? There will be three winners! For your chance, leave a comment below and on all the blogs i the hop by 11:59pmEST on 2/22/18 telling me your favorite of these new Hero Arts products. (To leave a comment, head to blog, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be randomly selected from all of the blogs on the hop and posted on the Hero Arts Blog nex the following week.)


Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those from Hero Arts. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Hero Arts Strawberry Liquid Watercolor
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Dandelion Liquid Watercolor
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Pine Liquid Watercolor
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Moss Liquid Watercolor
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Deep Ocean Liquid Watercolor
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Indigo Liquid Watercolor
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Mulled Wine Liquid Watercolor
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Art Print Brown Liquid…
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Support Prayers Love Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Hello Stamp & Die
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Huge Thanks Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Elephant Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Layered Topiary Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Swallowtail Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Swan Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Swan and Cattails Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Mermaid Kisses Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Nesting Rounded Rectangle Dies
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Bird and Banner Dies
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Floral Border with Frame Dies
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Reef Border & Frame Die
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Birds and Branches Frame Dies
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Feather Die
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Swan Die
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Magnolia Stamp
[ HA | SSS ]
Arteza Water Brush Set
[ SSS ]
Ranger Brushes
[ SSS ]
Well Palette
[ SSS ]
Perfect Pearls
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper
[ SSS ]
Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
Cutting Board
Hero Arts Heat Gun
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer
[ SSS ]
Sizzix Big Shot Express Die Cut Machine
[ SSS ]
Spellbinders Embossing Mat
[ SSS ]
Micropore Tape
[ SSS ]
3M Foam Tape
Be Creative Tape
[ SSS | ELH ]
Anti Static Powder Bag
[ SSS | ELH ]
VersaMark Ink
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
[ HA | SSS ]

Leave a Comment

659 thoughts on “Liquid Watercolor Backgrounds + GIVEAWAY”

  1. You didn’t show my fav… the Floral Mandala background stamp. I have an obsession with background stamps anyway, and that one is gorgeous!!! The liquid watercolors would be perfect for coloring it too! The rounded rectangles will find their way to my house too, I think 😉

  2. Beautiful watercolour backgrounds and I love how you kept the rest of the cars pretty simple so those backgrounds could shine. I saw these liquid watercolours in the catalog and was wondering what you’d do with them so thanks for answering my question! Now to pick a favourite is just impossible to do. Hero Arts has brought us amazing stamps and dies once again. Their layering stamps are simply beautiful and so different. I think I’d have to go with the elephants for those. There’s also the swans and cattails stamp set which I quite like. For dies I love all the frame dies but like the reef one the best. Then there’s the nesting rounded rectangles and the Support prayers love stamp set, both of which could be permanent supplies used through the ages! So ya, a lot of favourites, lol

  3. The HA Swan and also the feather dies as well as the Elephant set is phenomenal! There are many dies and sets I really like this time!

  4. I don’t even think I could pick a favorite.
    The nesting dies are fab. The swan die is stunning. The elephants are so realistic. I am obsessed with mermaids. But the one I have to get is the Huge Thanks stamp set. My best friends little guy is 3 and has leukemia. We call him Leo the Lion and we always tell Him Hakuna Matta!

  5. There are so many wonderful new products that it’s almost impossible to chose a favorite. I love the swan stamp set, the feather die and the elephants, just to name a few! I’m also very intrigued by the liquid watercolors.

  6. I have never used watercolors, but my favorite technique you demonstrate was the “Drip & Spritz”, maybe someday I’ll get around to trying it.

  7. Beautiful cards Jennifer, and thanks for sharing all the ways to use the watercolour. I haven’t got any liquid watercolours in my stash so it’s interesting to see how they work. I love the two safari sets, the elephant and huge thanks set, I think they are amazing and brilliant for all sorts of cards. Thank you as always for sharing with us, Lisa x

  8. Wow! I love all the beautiful backgrounds you have created in this video–thanks so much for taking the time to create it for us. My favorite new product would have to be the new watercolor bottles–I love the eyedropper cap!
    🙂 Marie

  9. Beautiful cards and backgrounds. Especially love the drip and spritz ones. These liquid watercolors are my favorite items in the new catalog!

  10. I love learning new techniques and you do such a great job making the videos. The explanations are easily understood and the photography excellent. I am always inspired to create something new. I have been selling art/cards to raise money for our ministry. Keeping fresh products is important. Thanks Jennifer!

  11. My fav is the swan with the water reflecting the image. Really all the watercolored images are gorgeous and would make any images look good.

  12. Wow, those liquid watercolours and your cards are beautiful. Thanks for all the great inspiration. My favorite are the nested rounded rectangle dies.

  13. Absolutely beautiful creations, Jennifer! Thanks for all the tips on this awesome new ink. I’ll be buying them quite soon!

  14. I love all your techniques. I am just starting on the inky backgrounds. They can be so exciting. It’s hard to tell how it will turn out.

  15. Jennifer, As usual your cards are spectacular! I really liked the nesting rounded rectangle dies and the way you used them to set off your backgrounds – lovely. Thanks for being so inspiring. Lila did a great job too!

  16. Hi Jennifer. …What a truly beautiful set of cards…I try to watercolour but it doesn’t turn out anything like these yet….I love the Elephant stamp & the Butterfly…they are all great…I have a friend who loves Elephants so I may have to get this one & Butterflies fluttering around brings a kind of peace to my being when they are around….Lilas card is gorgeous also…Thankyou 😊

  17. Lovely cards – and so many! Luscious colours, lovely ideas and so much inspiration! Thank you very much for sharing these. I love the look of these watercolours. My favourite stamp form this release is the colour layering elephant and I can’t wait to give that one a go! 🙂

  18. Just GORGEOUS ards all of them. What you’ve done with the new inks is brilliant. I will surely try your idea of sitting with a stack of papers and doing them in bulk whilst watching tv lol. The new release from HERO ARTS is just sublime. The stamp sets ate wonderful and I love how youve incorporated the elephant. Brilliant ideas and tutorials as per normal jennifer. Will certainly add this blog post to my favourites folder. Thankyou again for all your hard work and inspiration xxx 💖 xxx

  19. I really love watching you make cards and I always want everything you use. I really need the nesting dies and the oval frame die. I can see so many cards that will be in my future, I am going to stay very busy that is for sure. Thank you again for making the videos because you really set my mind into a creative path.

  20. It’s hard to pick just one favorite! I can’t wait to try the liquid water colors and I love ALL the stamp sets and dies you used! I am definitely making a Wish List!

  21. So many wonderful stamp sets this time! Mermaid kisses,swan& cattails, elephant, & safari huge thanks. Beautiful dies too: bird& branches frame, reef border frame, swan, & feather! Love to have them all! The liquid water colors look so lovely too – they make such wonderful backgrounds and painted that magnolia so beautifully!

  22. It’s really hard to pick a favorite but it would probably be the Birds and Branches Frame Die. Love those backgrounds 🖌️

  23. just love the frame dies.The effects you got with the swan and butterfly’s are so pretty.I cant wait to try this.Im not a stay in the lines kinda person so water colors are great option for creative.

  24. I love the small hello stamp & cut as well as the elephant set! I have loved hero arts stamps for years! Thank you Jennifer!

  25. I just love this new release. So many wonderful products to choose from… My favorites are the Safari stamps and dies, especially the Safari sunset die. Thanks for sharing these techniques Jennifer.

  26. Hi Jennifer Love your backgrounds – you always come up with the greatest ways to create different things.
    So hard to choose a favourite but I really like the Magnolia stamp. Just one layer, but it is so beautiful and perfect for spring time.

  27. Beautiful watercolor backgrounds. Those liquid watercolors look so fun to play with. They may soon end up on my craft desk. My favorite is the Swan Stamp set because I just love that water shadow stamp. It’s those little things that make my heart jump for joy.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.